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aerod1



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:42 pm    Post subject: X over Mum Reply with quote

I have a series 99 Arisaka which has the mum intact except it has an X crossed over the mum . What does this mean ?
Thanks for your help .
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:06 pm    Post subject: cancellation Reply with quote

It's a cancellation mark, the Mum is a symbol of ownership by the Emperor, by placing an X over the Emperor's symbol it dismisses it as his property. Some equate an X over the mum as being captured in the field, and a ground mum as being an official souvenir... There's truth in each, but not 100% all the time. The Type 38 carbine that my Grandad sent back in 1946 (he was in the occupation) has an X'd (cancelled) mum.
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